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16 servings

MacGourmet downloadCherry-walnut Banana Bread. To import, drag image to your MacGourmet recipe box.

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Design: Luka Cvrk, Solucija.com

Cherry-walnut Banana Bread


  • 3 over-ripe bananas
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 ounces unsweetened apple sauce
  • ½ cup dark sugar (brown sugar, if you have it; I used demerara sugar)
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • ¾ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup dried cherries (optional, though leaving them out will require a name change)
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts (ditto)


Preheat the oven to 350 F.

In a large bowl, mash the bananas and add the lemon juice, apple sauce, and sugar. Stir well to combine. In a separate bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Add the dry ingredients to the banana mixture, and stir just until the mixture is well-combined.

Spray or wipe a loaf pan with oil (I used non-stick spray on a silicon loaf pan). Spread the mixture evenly in the pan and bake until a toothpick or knife inserted in the center comes out clean, about 50 minutes. Allow to cool before serving.


Note: Fat-free quickbreads like this really benefit from being allowed to cool completely, which is why they often taste better the next day. The crust, which is chewier than breads with oil, will gather moisture and softness over time. Ignore the tempting aroma; pleasure delayed will be pleasure multiplied.


bananas, cherries, walnuts


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